Down two sets to love, Lendl made McEnroe crack and went on to win Roland Garros.
Highlights of the tournament
The stadium gets an extension, enabling six new courts to be built, bringing the number of courts available for competition up to 17. The « rue Suzanne Lenglen » becomes a walkway within the stadium.
The semi-finals of the men’s singles see the top four seeds all present: John McEnroe (No.1), Ivan Lendl (No.2), Jimmy Connors (No.3) and Mats Wilander (No.4). And after Marcel Bernard (in 1946), Rod Laver (1962) and Björn Borg (1974), Ivan Lendl becomes the fourth man to win the final after being two sets down (to McEnroe). At 51 games, the final is the longest since the adoption of the tie-break.
Czechoslovakia makes it a double, with Martina Navratilova winning the women’s singles and also the doubles alongside Pam Shriver. The pair subsequently go on to do the Grand Slam that year.